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As states beef up their pay equity laws and workers grow more aware of their rights, employers are increasingly examining their payrolls for illegal wage disparities among genders or races — but they need to do it the right way.
U.S. senators on Wednesday criticized efforts by the federal courts to address sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct by judges, calling a report on the topic released by the administrative body of the federal court system “exceedingly vague” and insufficient.
A Maryland federal judge on Wednesday tossed a former BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc. employee’s suit alleging that a manager’s enmity toward women led to her termination, finding that she couldn’t sufficiently show she was ever officially fired or forced to resign.
Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday directed state agencies to whenever possible contract with businesses that do not require workers to submit to mandatory individual arbitration, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Epic Systems decision to bless employers’ use of employment agreements that bar workers from bringing class actions.
A Louisiana appeals court ruled Wednesday that Walgreens can be held vicariously liable for an auto accident caused by one of its pharmacist employees, saying because the employee was driving following a training seminar, the accident occurred in the course and scope of her employment.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to take any action in a pending case involving a Washington florist who refused to provide arrangements for a same-sex wedding that presents largely the same constitutional questions surrounding the First Amendment and LGBT rights that the court shied away from in its recent Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling.
A Florida federal jury has issued a $775,000 verdict against Costco for not providing adequate accommodations to a deaf employee, but found that the retailer didn’t discriminate or retaliate against the worker based on her disability when it fired her.
An Alabama federal judge on Wednesday refused Nucor Steel Birmingham Inc.’s bid to toss a suit from an African-American man who alleged Caucasian employees were treated better and that he was retaliated against after he filed a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
A Virginia federal judge on Tuesday axed a former teller’s age discrimination suit against TruPoint Bank, ruling that the woman didn’t provide enough evidence that her age was a factor when the bank changed her duties and position.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has thrown out claims by a former casino employee that his firing violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law, but ruled that he can continue with claims that he was fired in retaliation for taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
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Minor league players and Major League Baseball went head-to-head at the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday in arguing dueling appeals of a decision that granted collective and class certification to California players who say they weren’t paid the legally required minimum wage but rejected Arizona and Florida classes.
A group of former college athletes challenging the NCAA’s rules restricting their compensation told a California federal judge Tuesday they have not been allowed to depose four key witnesses before an upcoming trial.
A New York bankruptcy court on Tuesday shut down a suit by disgruntled pilots accusing their union of dropping the ball and even outright colluding with American Airlines during a tangled arbitration fight, calling the pilots’ claims “doomed” and “without any basis whatsoever.”
U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. on Wednesday ducked claims from three former employees that it breached their union contract and intentionally caused them stress leading up to their termination after an Illinois federal judge said the Labor Management Relations Act preempts their claims.
AWC Frac Valves Inc., a company based in Conroe, Texas, that makes equipment used in hydraulic fracturing operations, has filed a lawsuit in state district court in Houston against a former manager, alleging that he went to work for a competitor and violated an employment agreement by soliciting an AWC employee.
A former employee at steel maker A. Finkl & Sons Co. hit the company with a proposed class action on Wednesday over its employee timekeeping system that uses handprints to track when workers begin and end their days.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel revealed Wednesday that in response to a whistleblower report, the Federal Aviation Administration is checking the records of more than 11,000 aircraft that may be out of compliance with safety rules or improperly registered.
Can courts consider only admissible evidence at the class certification stage, or are motions for class certification governed by looser evidentiary standards? Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP discusses the divergent decisions from the U.S. circuit courts of appeals addressing this issue, both in the context of expert and nonexpert evidence.
The Fair Labor Standards Act established minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping requirements for “employees” covered by the act. While this seems like a straightforward concept, the opposite is true because the statute does not provide a concrete definition of “employee” that lends itself to real-world application, say Elise Bloom and Noa Baddish of Proskauer Rose LLP.
Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
When asked which firms manage to secure the highest rates clients are willing to pay, legal decision makers keep coming back to the same 31 firms, according to a new report released Wednesday.
Michael Cohen, personal attorney and self-described “fixer” for President Donald Trump, is in need of a new legal team as he splits with McDermott Will & Emery LLP, according to media reports Wednesday.
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP confirmed it has joined at least two other law firms in catching up to the new associate pay scale and bonus structure put forth this week by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
U.S. law firm LeClairRyan no longer employs its own operational staff, and instead sends all nonbillable work to a joint venture it has formed with law company UnitedLex, in a groundbreaking new arrangement the firm announced Wednesday.
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s former chief financial officer, who was convicted of fraud, won a bid Tuesday to pause discovery in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s New York federal suit against him while his criminal case is still on appeal.
A former partner at Eagan Avenatti LLP has asked a California bankruptcy court to turn over the defunct class action firm’s assets to him to satisfy a $10 million judgment — a request that includes payments tied to Michael Avenatti’s representation of Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump.